Dr. Jay Platte g69’s history with the Fort Wayne campus spans nearly 50 years. A Music Education major at FWBC, Platte was primarily drawn to the campus to study under legendary director Dr. Rene Frank. As a student, Platte was heavily involved in vocal ensembles, particularly during Youth Conference. He directed the Singing Collegians from their inception and was appointed instructor even before he graduated. During and after pursuing his master’s and doctorate at Ball State University, Platte devoted all his energy to the Fort Wayne students as Music Department Chair, a position he held until 1992.
Platte introduced several technological innovations to the department, thanks to his interest in the groundbreaking technologies of the time. He developed the campus’s electronic music center, served on the committee that put WBCL on air, and engineered Dr. IraGerig’s beloved album, “Jesus Loves Me.”
Because he was deeply impacted by the Christian Service Department as a student, Platte remained committed to instilling a sense of servant leadership within his students. He exacted high standards in the classroom, yet developed deep and lasting friendships with his students.
Platte always felt called to the Fort Wayne campus. When his position was eliminated in 1992, he remained to teach fine arts until 2006, when he entered early retirement. He has since played a vital role in the ministry of the Fort Wayne Alumni & Friends Resource Center. His deep connections to the campus and his knowledge of technology have been invaluable resources in developing the Resource Center’s online presence. With unwavering devotion, Platte continues to minister to alumni around the world.